How to Get a High-Quality Cheap Domain

High-Quality Cheap DomainAny time people hear of a creating a website of their own, they think of it as the most expensive undertaking. However, cheap domains exist too, that go for as low as one dollar.

Getting someone to design you a website or even give you an address that suits the needs of your business is paramount. Some may be offering very unsatisfactorily services at abnormal prices. You need something affordable and at the same time something that is able to deliver the desired results. As much as you would want to have a domain at the lowest cost available, there are a number of factors to consider while going for a cheaper option.

Domain cost determinants

The main characteristics of a domain name are simplicity, uniqueness, and being one that can be easily remembered. With that in mind, the price then depends upon a number of factors. They include but are not limited to the length of the name, how many words there are and how easy the words can be spelt. Short names have a higher price tag as compared to longer ones. This is because they have the advantage of being used more easily since they lack complications. In addition, the performance of the domain is greatly enhanced with increased traffic.

How to purchase an available domain name

To begin with, research well on the offers available on the Internet before you settle on one. This will expose to varieties of cheap domain names to choose from. The prices and how easy it is to use a particular domain may vary among the companies. Start by typing a name that you feel will suit your business. The search field may notify you of the possibility of the name you chose belonging to somebody else. If this happens, you can select another name after which you will be required by the company you are registering with to pay a certain amount. This fee will cater for the purchase, the annually renewal fee and the setup fee.

After you have bought your domain, always remember to pay the renewal money lest the company resells it. This might be very tragic and especially if you had created a large pool of visitors; it might shock them and eventually you will lose them.

They are uncountable sites, which sell cheap domain names; it all depends on what you need and how much you are willing to search through them. Attractive deals are all over the market. Excellent customer services are offered and you are also assured of maximum security of your information. Sometimes, business managers think that the more expensive the domain is, the higher the performance. This can be disputed though, with the increasing sale records of some cheap versions, which have been very reliable.

You do not have to use so a lot of money to purchase a domain name, if you have a better parallel option, which will cost you less. In some companies, it will go for as low as $0.99.  Some even give you free registration, once you enroll with them. Then, nothing should prevent you from giving your business adequate publicity and reaping the benefits that come with it. Do not hesitate, use the little money that you have and uplift your company to the international arena.

Alternative PHP Cache, APC, on GoDaddy Hosting

As I said earlier, Godaddy is implementing APC ( a great cache functionality) on its shared hosting plans. In a recent contact I had with them, it looks like the launch day is tomorrow.
Godaddy.comTill now, Godaddy disabled (by default) this extension for clients using actually Zend and Ioncube; good choice; as these 3 extensions represent an incompatibility risk.

If you want to benefit from the “awaited” great performance boosts with APC, you need to disable Zend and Ioncube extension and enable APC.

Enable APC on Godaddy.com Hosting

Here is how to do it:

Open your working php.ini/php5.ini file (it might be in a subfolder or on your root folder)

If you have Zend or Ioncube extensions enabled, and you are sure your sites will work without them, disable these extensions by putting a semicolon (;) in front of each line about them.

If you see “apc.enabled=0” somewhere, comment this line with a semicolon (;) too.

Godaddy Optimized php(5).ini

Here is a nice PHP5.INI (for Godaddy Linux hosting plans using FastCGI PHP 5.3)

Save it as php5.ini and place it in the public root of your server (/html folder). Careful to backup your current php5.ini.

cgi.fix_pathinfo = 1
cgi.check_shebang_line = 0
;register_argc_argv = false
default_charset= "UTF-8"

; Enable GZIP compression at the default level
zlib.output_compression = On
zlib.output_compression_level = 6

; Disable PHP magic quotes
;magic_quotes_gpc = Off
;magic_quotes_runtime = Off
;magic_quotes_sybase = Off

register_globals = off
allow_url_fopen = on

max_upload_filesize = 6M
upload_max_filesize=6M
memory_limit=48M
max_execution_time=30

expose_php = Off
max_input_time = 60
variables_order = "EGPCS"
extension_dir = ./
upload_tmp_dir = /tmp
precision = 12
SMTP = relay-hosting.secureserver.net
url_rewriter.tags = "a=href,area=href,frame=src,input=src,form=,fieldset="

date.timezone="Europe/Paris"

allow_call_time_pass_reference = on

; Load PDO MySQL extension
extension=pdo.so
extension=pdo_mysql.so

;APC
extension="apc.so"
apc.enabled=1
apc.shm_segments=1
apc.shm_size=128
apc.ttl=7200
apc.user_ttl=7200
apc.num_files_hint=1024
apc.enable_cli=1

; Only uncomment zend optimizer lines if your application requires Zend Optimizer support
[Zend]
;zend_optimizer.optimization_level=15
;zend_extension_manager.optimizer=/usr/local/Zend/lib/Optimizer-3.3.3
;zend_extension_manager.optimizer_ts=/usr/local/Zend/lib/Optimizer_TS-3.3.3
;zend_extension=/usr/local/Zend/lib/Optimizer-3.3.3/ZendExtensionManager.so
;ZEND GUARD (because we use PHP 5.3)
;zend_extension=/usr/local/Zend/lib/Guard-5.5.0/php-5.3.x/ZendGuardLoader.so
;zend_extension_ts=/usr/local/Zend/lib/Optimizer_TS-3.3.3/ZendExtensionManager_TS.so
; -- Be very careful to not to disable a function which might be needed!
; -- Uncomment the following lines to increase the security of your PHP site.
;disable_functions = "highlight_file,ini_alter,ini_restore,openlog,passthru,
; phpinfo, exec, system, dl, fsockopen, set_time_limit,
; popen, proc_open, proc_nice,shell_exec,show_source,symlink"

Now you have APC enabled by default!

Check if APC is installed on your Godaddy account

You can check it by opening a php file containing phpinfo() function.

Here is an example:

Save the code below in a file named: phpinfo.php

<?php
// Show all information, defaults to INFO_ALL
phpinfo();
?>

Now you can put this file next to your websites files (careful not to overwrite existing files) and browse to this file with your web browser. Search in the page for “APC”, you will know now…

Keep in mind that these settings apply if you have your hosting with any of Godaddy Resellers, like “DomainsPricedRight.com”

 

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